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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 25, 2007 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the best Alligators & Cautions




(Alligator has sound problems - 9/4 has a fragment of Caution>feedback)





http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-05-18.aud.jools.18216.sbeok.shnf (AUD)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-06-14.aud.cotsman.16532.sbeok.shnf (AUD)











(poor mix, but unique guests)

(Alligator>Uncle John's jam)







11-6-70, unfortunately the link doesn't seem to be working, but it's perhaps the best Caution of the year.

4-29-71 has a nice post-Alligator jam, but it's better heard on the official release than the poor AUD on the Archive.

(the only 1971 Caution)

(Caution! - excellent AUD)

4-14-72 has a great Caution too but the AUD here is poor; it was released as a bonus track on the remastered Europe '72.

The 3-22-72 Caution was also released on a bonus disc for one of the DP's.

(a '74 Caution jam with a very different approach)

I think this is all the good ones on the Archive - I didn't include ones that were badly cut, or just had the intro song without the jam, or were just brief little jams into another song. "1-27-67" and 9-15-67 just had too poor sound to be recommended; others from late '68/early '69 I omitted since surrounding dates had better versions.
I hope these are enough recommendations to start with?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 25, 2007 9:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

Oops, I forgot a good one! This show's not so well-known because of the challenging sound quality, but it has a fierce Alligator jam:


Good calls on some of the shorter Alligators I left off my list, like 8-21-68, 1-25-69, and 4-21-69.
There are a few though that don't really have "Alligator jams", like 4-5-69 goes straight into feedback after the drums, and 1-16-70 goes into an Eleven jam. I like my Alligators to stretch out.....

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 25, 2007 9:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

firing up the old brain pan just listening to the runaway locomotive Eleven Cliff called;

and then the amzing Jan 22 1968 Alligator!

"...Great 16-minute Alligator to open! ...and they visit all the parts heard on Anthem (by Tahoe, they weren't vocalizing the "Alligator!" chorus anymore)".


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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 26, 2007 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

Hey CPW, sorry--missed the call on the Eleven, one of my all time favorite songs. I am not as much of a fan of Alligator/Caution, though do love the boys, kazoos or not, in the opening portion of Alligator. And those CLIFF and others mentioned are fine examples, yours for the Ark I know well.

Now, for the 11, I think that the one from 2-11-69 is one of the best, the one on the commercial release ("Schoolgirl" title or some such...sorry, don't have it here in front of me).

Give it a spin and let me know what you think. CLIFF suggested the one from the next night, above, I think, and you almost can't go wrong with the ones from fall 68 thru Feb 69...getting the vocals just right is often the toughest part (poor Phil--still love the guy for trying to get that difficult part right).


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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 27, 2007 8:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

I have a tape off the CD I bought of Live at The Fillmore East 2-11-69, you're right, that is a good show, great Eleven.

Dig the early version from 1-22-68 btw.

10-12-68 is a great version too.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

Damn Light into ashes!
Your 30 some suggestions make my balls hurt
I guess I know what I will be listening to alllll week....
With pleasure
Good lookin out! and thanx

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best Alligators & Cautions

thanks Cliff, Craven, Light all and sundry for the suggestions -

a fresh perspective on the good ol stuff...
Caution too!

Alligator - 2-14-68, I think he meant, not 2-14-70?

Both tip top versions tho!

lots to chew on for days and days - great calls everyone!

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